Visualizing Emancipation: Examining its Process through Digital Tools

Visualizing Emancipation: Examining its Process through Digital Tools

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 4 Comments

There are a handful of wonderful online tools for the study of history and archaeology, particularly African American history. Some that come to mind are the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) at Monticello, The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Database, or the Virginia Historical Society’s recently released Unknown No Longer database of slave names. […]

Get your Camera Ready: It’s the Year of the Picture

Get your Camera Ready: It’s the Year of the Picture

Each year, social media sites tend to all prioritize one element of technology. In a lot of ways it’s an effort to not be outdone, but often it is a response to the types of things users like to do. For example, Foursquare and Gowalla each came out around the same time, boasting check-in features, […]

Examining the St. Mary’s River: A Project, A Friend, and Microfunding

Examining the St. Mary’s River: A Project, A Friend, and Microfunding

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

During the summer of 2006, the first year after graduate school, I had one of the most professionally rewarding summers of my career. Not a month earlier, serendipity put me in the office of Dr. Henry Miller, the Director of Research at Historic St. Mary’s City. Henry, who received his PhD from Michigan State University and who […]

TwapperKeeper is gone…Now What?

TwapperKeeper is gone…Now What?

A while ago, TwapperKeeper, everyone’s favorite Twitter Archival website, shutdown, and has now integrated with HootSuite. Although I am a big fan of HootSuite, and use it as my primary social media tool, I started archiving my tweets in a very different way a while back, when If This Then That hit the scene. Why […]

SHA Presentation: Space, Place, and Emancipation

SHA Presentation: Space, Place, and Emancipation

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I co-chaired a session at the Society for Historical Archaeology 45th annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. The session covered the research currently being conducted at Historic St. Mary’s City, spanning four centuries, three countries, and various topics. Mine was, unsurprisingly, a look at the 19th century and the transition […]

A Big Project….Launched.

A Big Project….Launched.

Over the past year, I have taken on a project for the Society for Historical Archaeology, my primary professional organization. As you may remember, social media was on “everybody’s lips” at last year’s conference in Austin, Texas. Somehow, I managed to absorb the task and responsibility, along with two colleagues Lisa Fischer and Kim Faulk, […]

Cold Dirt: Digging in the Winter

Cold Dirt: Digging in the Winter

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 7 Comments

Over the past few years, I have had the (mis) fortune of performing archaeology under wintery conditions. This includes surveying while snowing, monitoring projects with over a foot of snow on the ground, or simply trying to get a trowel through half-frozen ground. Recently, I’ve found myself in a warmer climate, where the definition of […]

Innocent Bystander?

Innocent Bystander?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | 11 Comments

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve most likely heard that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is having a bad week. Only a few days removed from winning his record setting 409th game, his seemingly spotless 46 year reign as Penn State’s football coach, is tarnished by what should be considered the most dreadful, […]

Why Science Blogging and Social Media are Important

Why Science Blogging and Social Media are Important

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

Today, our good friend John Hawks asked the above question, wondering what place science blogging and social media has in our discipline. His question is important. What is the role of blogs and social media in our discipline? What are the potential uses for it? Where can it build on current practice in science, and where […]